The Artist

I met him at the National Watercolor Society gallery and he was only ten and already making decisions for his chosen lifes path. The young man had the sobriety of focus that Rainer Maria Rilke writes about in his book "Letters to a Young Poet." I painted this portrait of him with a backdrop of magic mushrooms. The symbol since paleolithic cave art of personal creativity and transcendence as The Artist. 

The Artist, received the Jain Malkin Award in the San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition 2016. Thank you to Juror Mark E. Mehaffey for including my painting with so many other excellent water media paintings. 

 Works of art are of an infinite solitude, and no means of approach is so useless as criticism. Only love can touch and hold them and be fair to them. Always trust yourself and your own feeling, as opposed to argumentation, discussions, or introductions of that sort; if it turns out that you are wrong, then the natural growth of your inner life will eventually guide you to other insights. Allow your judgments their own silent, undisturbed development, which, like all progress, must come from deep within and cannot be forced or hastened. Everything is gestation and then birthing. To let each impression and each embryo of a feeling come to completion, entirely in itself, in the dark, in the unsayable, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one's own understanding, and with deep humility and patience to wait for the hour when a new clarity is born: this alone is what it means to live as an artist: in understanding as in creating.